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12-28-2009 11:58 AM  7 years agoPost 1
jago_svenssonrrNovice - Zurich, Switzerland - My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

Hi
I just spent Christmas building a new mount to my Trex 600. Before I have been runing a underslug mount, but for a small camera I believe it is way to much overhead in weight.

I have tried some video footage with my Lx3 camera, and there is not much vibration.
Weight is about 500Grams + Camera.

Any suggestions for improvements?
I would want the possibility for self leveling, but the methods I have tried are adding the swing effect to the camera instead.

http://mydisk.se/web/photo_viewer/i...DQwMDU4LkpQRw==

http://mydisk.se/web/photo_viewer/i...GhvdG8vaGVsaQ==

http://mydisk.se/web/photo_viewer/i...DQwMDc0LkpQRw==

http://mydisk.se/web/photo_viewer/i...GhvdG8vaGVsaQ==

Some more images can be found on: http://mydisk.se/web/photo_viewer/i...name=arialphoto

Happy NewYear from a cold Zurich!

Edit: Hmm, how do I get the URL images to show inline?
If I use IMG tag, it does not work atall, if I delete the IMG tag it shows the url.

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12-28-2009 12:08 PM  7 years agoPost 2
Helikam

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Happy new year from Italy! Zurich isch min 16 jahr lang mini heimat gsi!

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12-28-2009 01:45 PM  7 years agoPost 3
aeronautica

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nice work¡¡

It looks like a nice solution, also the pictures are so innovative, by the use of close deep on focus (it looks like scale models)

your mount will have different modifications, the experience on operation will show you the way to follow, I have a demo CD from the old coptervision company and on each image I found different helicopters camera mounts.

Happy new year from Medellin, Colombia SA

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12-28-2009 04:51 PM  7 years agoPost 4
zecamera

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Parabens pelo trabalho, fantastico!!!!

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12-28-2009 05:03 PM  7 years agoPost 5
gian

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(it looks like scale models)
They're not?! (I'm scouring for power lines now... )

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12-28-2009 11:37 PM  7 years agoPost 6
bill the greek

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Very nice setup!

Vasilis

Nobody is Perfect but who want to be Nobody...

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12-28-2009 11:37 PM  7 years agoPost 7
jago_svensson

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photo, trying again.

Hmm, now maybe it works with the photo of the mount?

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12-29-2009 01:14 AM  7 years agoPost 8
KarbonBird

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Excellent rig - nice colour scheme too!!!!

Would be interested to see a close up of how you fixed the front mount to the heli!! Is the mount CF?

KB

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12-29-2009 08:35 AM  7 years agoPost 9
jago_svensson

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mount

This ware the photos I tried to include in my first Post.
There are a set of photos of the mount, and closeups in:

http://mydisk.se/web/photo_viewer/i...name=arialphoto

The Mount is not CF, I could not find either CF or GF here in zurich :-(
So it is made out of a old box for screws that was in PCV plastic about 2,5mm thick. Good thing is that it is very flexible. So I think it dampens some of the vibration.
Still it is stiff enough to not swing around.

/Jago

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12-29-2009 09:53 AM  7 years agoPost 10
spiacro

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Nice work!


Spiros

Engine is the HEART of an r/c model, but THE PILOT is it's SOUL.

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12-31-2009 09:52 AM  7 years agoPost 11
jago_svensson

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First Flight test

Hi

But I had a fast up-down yesterday afternoon, it was pretty windy, so it was moving quite a lot.
But I am very happy with the vibration damping, there is almost no vibration.
The camera I was using is a LX3 in HD mode, so no downlink available. So I think that with a ccd camera that is a bit heavier, the result would be even better.

http://vimeo.com/8468984

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12-31-2009 05:34 PM  7 years agoPost 12
GeorgeM

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Hi Jago,

I really like the other ( green plastic flexible pipe) absorber that you have on your Vimeo.
I especially like the one with the 4 springs and rubberbands.

It appears to have a very capability to absorb high frequencies, as well as medium to low frequency judging by how it moves when you press with your finger.

How does that compare to this new mount isolation ?

GeorgeM

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01-10-2010 10:36 PM  7 years agoPost 13
jago_svensson

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Processor controlled panoramas

Hi

I have finally got the processor ready for controlling the mount.

It´s a pic controlling the pan / tilt por doing panoramas when flying solo.
The processor has a automatic override from the camera radio if it is turned on.

The "program" can be started from the pilot radio by flicking the trainer switch. If the camera radio is on the program can either be set to override the manual input, meaning that it will take over control over the mount do a pan and then give back control to the camera operator.

The main idea is as mentioned to get panoramic photos when flying solo.
It covers about 200° horisontal and 100° vertical, so the helicopter has to be pointed more or less the right direction, and then flick the switch.

Here is a video showing how it works more or less.

http://www.vimeo.com/8655454

Any comments / improvement ideas are very welcome.

/Jago

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01-18-2010 07:46 AM  7 years agoPost 14
jago_svenssonrrNovice - Zurich, Switzerland - My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

First test photo with pic controlled frontmount

Hi.

First test with the processor controlled frontmount.

I asm so faar happy with the results, there needs to be some more calibration to get it to work exactly as I want to.
A full 2x200degree swipe take about 7seconds And it takes 14 pictures in burst mode. First run is straight forward, when it returns it tilts about -40degrees, so i can cover a panorama independent from hight.

I can trigger the program by flicking a switch from the radio.
I was flying solo this shots, and i just did 1 take. So it is very simple to get photos now without using a down-link or cameraman. I just point the heli more or less the direction I want.
And also much less to carry, when going flying.

I am still not happy with the FBL flying, I tried to use it in Heading hold mode, but it was very very hard.
But i will have a try again wen it is less wind, mightbe it is more stable then.

cheers

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